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Alguersuari, Mercedes deal to get Abu Dhabi push?

Jaime Alguersuari has been rumoured as a potential Mercedes reserve for some time, but his bid may be about to get extra impetus.

A sponsor brought into the Scuderia Toro Rosso fold to capitalise on Jaime Alguersuari's involvement with the team could provide the momentum for the young Spaniard to join rival Mercedes as its reserve for 2012.

The arrival of Cepsa midway through 2011 was heralded as a major coup for the Italian midfielder, but it may now have scored an own goal after firing both Alguersuari and team-mate Sebastien Buemi after determining that neither had what it took to be a world champion. The pair had finished the year strongly, almost snatching sixth place from Force India, but were still replaced by the inexperienced duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.

Now it has emerged that Cepsa's parent company, Abu Dhabi's International Petroleum Investment Company, is disappointed with the decision to axe a driver it considered 'the image of its international expansion plans'; and, according to Spain's AS newspaper, could use its influence to find him in the top flight.

Another IPIC arm, Aabar, is a major shareholder at Mercedes Petronas GP and the report claims that the link could see Alguersuari given the chance to slip into the back-up role at Brackley, supporting Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher. With Petronas having recently ended its MotoGP sponsorship, there are doubts over the longevity of its F1 involvement, and Alguersuari's arrival could be useful in providing a replacement.

Alguersuari has already said that he would not consider the second seat at HRT, the Spanish-based operation having the only known vacancy remaining for 2012 [see story here], but has yet to confirm any other plans for 2012, unlike Buemi and Nick Heidfeld, who have both headed for sportscar rides.

Cepsa, meanwhile, has issued the official invitation to this year's STR launch, which will take place at Jerez next Monday, ahead of the first group test of the F1 pre-season.




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26.11.2011- Saturday Practice, Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
24.11.2011- Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
24.07.2011- Race, Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6 and Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02
27.03.2011- Race, Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6, Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02 and Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02
26.08.2011- Friday Practice 1, Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
18.04.2014- Friday Press Conference, To: Pat Fry (GBR), Technical Director (Chassis), Scuderia Ferrari, Charlie Whiting (GBR), Race director and safety delegate, Yasuhisa Arai (JPN) Honda, Andrew Cowell (GBR) Mercedes , Rob White (GBR) Renault Sport
18.04.2014- Friday Press Conference, Andrew Cowell (GBR) Mercedes
18.04.2014- Friday Press Conference, To: Pat Fry (GBR), Technical Director (Chassis), Scuderia Ferrari, Charlie Whiting (GBR), Race director and safety delegate, Yasuhisa Arai (JPN) Honda, Andrew Cowell (GBR) Mercedes , Rob White (GBR) Renault Sport
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29

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Phil Beckett - Unregistered

January 31, 2012 8:53 PM

I hope Jaime Alguersuari gets back into F1 as soon as possible. This kid is for real. Look at his improvement from 2010! If he hadn't been thrown into f1 with not so much as a straight line test to his name and could have had a few Friday practice sessions under his belt like EVERYBODY else had the luxury of (many before him had thousands of pre season test miles before making their debut)He would have done even better. He is still the youngest driver and already out performs many veteran drivers. Look how he drove around the outside of Rosberg at Korea on the last lap! Red Bull screwed him and I for one hop CEPSA pull their cash from Toro Rosso. Go get em Jaime kid!

pipboy - Unregistered

January 31, 2012 11:44 AM

"supporting Nico Schumacher and Michael Schumacher" Wow! I didn't know that Michael had another brother who was his team mate! Poor Nico Rosberg. . . .



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